An extensive slate of documentaries will be in the limelight during the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, with 27 feature films set to screen as part of TIFF Docs across the city.
Ahead of the festival, which kicks off Sept. 6 and runs until Sept. 16, realscreen has rounded up the available trailers and clips for many of the docs, presented below in the first of two parts running this week.
Today’s installment features trailers for Michael Moore‘s Fahrenheit 11/9, a radical and humorous look at America under the presidency of Donald Trump; Ron Mann‘s Carmine Street Guitars, which chronicles a week in the life of Greenwich Village guitar maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej; and Rithy Panh‘s Graves Without a Name (pictured), which explores the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide.
The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky
Canada; World Premiere; 87 minutes
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky follow up Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark with a sobering meditation on psychedelic potash mines, expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet.
Carmine Street Guitars
Canada; North American Premiere; 80 minutes
Documentarian Ron Mann delivers a ballad to Greenwich Village guitar-maker Rick Kelly, who builds his custom-made instruments from repurposed wood scavenged from historic New York City buildings. With appearances by store clientele, including Charlie Sexton, Bill Frissell, and Jim Jarmusch.
France, Switzerland; North American Premiere; 495 minutes
Wang Bing reconstructs a tragic chapter of Chinese history with this haunting eight-hour documentary on the labour “re-education” camps in the Gobi Desert, where untold numbers died of starvation under the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957.
Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible
Lebanon; North American Premiere; 76 minutes
Ghassan Halwani’s debut feature ruminates on the thousands who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War and their still-present absence in the lives of their loved ones.
USA; World Premiere; 120 minutes
Palme d’Or–winning documentarian Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) turns his attention to another significant date, examining the legacy of Trump’s ascension to the U.S. presidency on November 9, 2016.
Canada, Mexico; North American Premiere; 70 minutes
Andrea Bussmann’s mystical debut feature offers a beautiful, cryptic take on shapeshifting, telepathy, and dealings with the devil on the Mexican seaside of Oaxaca.
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
USA, International Premiere, 97 minutes
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,200ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope.
Graves Without a Name
France, Cambodia; Canadian Premiere; 115 minutes
In Rithy Panh’s (The Missing Picture) latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.
Janus Metz, Sine Plambech
Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden; World Premiere; 90 minutes
This dual effort from Janus Metz (Borg vs McEnroe) and Sine Plambech (Trafficking) chronicles the lives of several women who leave their home countries in order to find husbands and provide for their families.
Maria by Callas
A portrayal of an artist on a quest for perfection who became a global icon, a passionate woman with an extraordinary destiny, Maria by Callas is the story of a remarkable life told in the first person. Callas sheds light on Maria, revealing a diva as tempestuous as she is vulnerable—a moment of intimacy with a legendary figure, filled with all the emotion expressed by her unique voice.